South Caucasus Odyssey: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia
Gain a deeper understanding of the South Caucasus as you visit sacred monuments, sample traditional cuisine, attend cultural performances and learn the story of this ancient region.
Program No. 16908RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Delve into the wildly diverse cultures and landscapes of the South Caucasus — a mountainous strip of land between the Caspian and the Black Seas and home to the countries of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Discover the heritage behind the bold designs of Azerbaijan’s carpets, savor deep red wines, and visit bakeries, artists’ studios and craft centers in Georgia, and admire the sculpted stone khachkar crosses that dot the green hillsides of Armenia, the world’s first Christian country.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Walking 1-2 miles on varied terrain; some steep stairs and some stairs without railings. Standing in museums. Elevations up to 6,200 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Investigate the musical history of Azerbaijan, whose origins stretch before 3000 B.C.
  • In Armenia, visit Echmiadzin Cathedral — a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to what some say is a piece from Noah’s Ark.
  • Witness demonstrations of traditional bread baking, vodka distilling, and the making of churchkela, the wonderful Georgian sweet.
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Jamshid Fayzullaev
Born and raised in the ancient city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan – a center of trade on the Silk Road – Jamshid Fayzullaev is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable young man who knows Uzbekistan like the back of his hand. Jamshid is fluent in English, Russian, Uzbek and Farsi, and he is extremely well-versed in the history and traditions of the Silk Road. His group members consistently praise his friendly personality and wholehearted engagement.
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